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1 The Facts about offshore oil and gas exploration in South Australia

2 Foreword South Australia has decades of experience exploring for oil and gas in the Great Australian Bight. While that history has been short of major discoveries, I hope that situation will change with the renewed interest in the Bight Basin. Since the 1960s, exploration activity has revealed large oil and gas prospects in the Great Australian Bight. Between 1972 and 1993, 12 exploration wells were drilled offshore in South Australia s Bight Basin. These wells provided valuable information that has led to the upgrading of the prospectivity of the Bight Basin. With the latest technology and advances in deep water drilling, explorers are again showing interest in the Bight. In May 2012, BP completed one of Australia s largest offshore 3D seismic surveys. Working in a joint venture with Norway s Statoil, BP is seeking approval for further exploration in the Bight. Chevron Australia, Murphy Australia, Santos Offshore and Bight Petroleum are also proposing significant exploration programs in waters off the coast of South Australia. These exploration programs will provide jobs and supply-chain opportunities for South Australians and their businesses. Discoveries will build on this initial investment, opening the door for more jobs, onshore infrastructure and supply-chain opportunities. Together this investment will further diversify our State s economy. Together, the guaranteed investment in the search for oil and gas across the Bight is worth about $1.2 billion. It is timely then that the South Australian public is aware of the facts about the risks and opportunities. The Facts provide essential information about the nature of offshore exploration and the role of the regulator, NOPSEMA. The Facts seek to provide South Australians with confidence in the ability of the regulator to identify, assess and effectively manage all significant risks. Australia is no stranger to offshore oil and gas production. Energy companies have been operating in Bass Strait and Northwest Shelf for many years. What is new is that since 2012, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority has been established as Australia s expert regulator for health and safety, well integrity and environmental management for offshore oil and gas operations. By ensuring exploration can be safely conducted in the waters off our State we can set out on a pathway to discovery that can unlock the full potential of our energy resources. Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy

3 How offshore exploration is regulated The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) was established on 1 January NOPSEMA is Australia s first national regulator for health and safety, well integrity and environmental management for offshore oil and gas operations. LEGISLATION & REGULATIONS NATIONAL: SOUTH AUSTRALIAN: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety) Regulations 2009 Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009 Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011 Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Act 2003 Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Regulations 2004 Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 (SA) Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 (SA) Holders must meet requirements for safety, well integrity and environmental management in accordance with relevant industry standards Early engagement and ongoing targeted consultation throughout the lifetime of the operation PERMIT Regular maintenance, sampling, monitoring and reporting Sufficient financial assurance to meet the costs, expenses and liabilities that may arise REGULATORY COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT Prohibit specific operations Planned inspections for compliance Mandatory reporting Improvement notices Directions and infringements Withdrawal of permissioning documents Investigate and prosecute Cancel permit (powers lie with Joint Authority) P 1

4 The history of offshore exploration in South Australia 1966 Offshore exploration has been undertaken safely in South Australia since 1966, when the first seismic survey was conducted by Shell. To date, 24 wells have been drilled in offshore South Australia waters. Half of these were drilled in the Great Australian Bight. No offshore oil and gas activity is allowed to be undertaken without detailed assessment and approval by the expert independent regulator. 50 Years of offshore exploration in South Australia Since 1966, offshore exploration in South Australia has been conducted safely, without harm to social, natural or economic environments. Water resources Culture and heritage Marine vegetation and fauna Fisheries Marine reserve Aquaculture P 2 THE FACTS ABOUT OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

5 Investment in our economy SOUTH AUSTRALIA $1.2 Billion Collectively, oil and gas companies have guaranteed to spend about $1.2 billion from 2011 to A 1972 The first well in the Great Australian Bight was drilled in Bight Basin Otway Basin The offshore South Australian Bight Basin represents one of the world s last under-explored petroleum basins with potential for petroleum accumulations. 1A The last well drilled in the Great Australian Bight was Woodside s Gnarlyknots 1A. It was drilled to a total depth of 4736 metres in Offshore areas in Commonwealth waters are released annually for competitive work program or cash bidding. So far, 130 seismic surveys have been conducted in offshore South Australia waters 148,841 km of 2D and 45,039 km 2 of 3D surveys. P 3

6 Offshore titles in the Great Australian Bight SOUTH AUSTRALIA WESTERN AUSTRALIA 10 1 WA-517-P EPP 43 3 EPP 38 2 EPP 37 4 EPP 39 5 EPP 40 6 EPP 44 Ceduna POLDA BASIN EPP 45 EPP EPP 42 Port Lincoln Port Pirie ADELAIDE VICTORIA NEW SOUTH WALES BIGHT BASIN Mount Gambier PETROLEUM TENEMENTS (current March 2016) Exploration permit for petroleum (EPP) Gazetted offshore release block bids closed 21 April 2016 Exploration permit Western Australia 1 Murphy Australia Oil, Santos Offshore 2-5 BP Developments Australia, Statoil Australia Theta B.V 6-7 Chevron Australia New Ventures 8-9 Bight Petroleum 10 Santos, JX Nippon Oil and Gas OTWAY BASIN NORTH Kilometres P 4 THE FACTS ABOUT OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

7 Investment in offshore oil and gas exploration * $ AUS MILLIONS / / / / /21 Guaranteed Investment Non-Guaranteed Investment *Figures accurate as of April 2016 In 2013, three permits were granted by the Joint Authority two to Chevron and one to Murphy/Santos with a primary work commitment valued at $536 million. In 2011 six permits were granted four to BP (Statoil joined BP in its four permits in 2013) and two to Bight Petroleum guaranteeing a more than $670 million investment. BP/Statoil plan to drill in 2016/17 using a $755 million ultra deepwater rig. Offshore exploration will create jobs in: Transport and logistics Supply fuel Food services Construction A unique $20 million science research program will provide information to support sustainable development in the Great Australian Bight, and monitor possible future impacts. P 5

8 How is offshore exploration approved? Under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006, and associated regulations, approval will only be granted once the Commonwealth regulator, NOPSEMA, is satisfied that all impacts and risks to the environment are acceptable and will be reduced to as low as reasonably practicable. No offshore petroleum activity is allowed without stringent assessment. Titleholders must revise and resubmit their Environment Plans for assessment if new information reveals a significant new or increased risk to the environment. In light of the Bight Basin s sensitive natural environments, marine industries, and cultural elements, special conditions relating to technical requirements for well design, environment, health and safety can be attached by the South Australian and Commonwealth Ministers when granting a permit. P 6 THE FACTS ABOUT OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

9 The offshore exploration approval process National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) Joint Authority (Relevant Federal and State Government Ministers) Environment plan covers: Seismic exploration Work together to release, grant and administer offshore petroleum exploration permits Petroleum companies submit detailed bids for each exploration area Site surveys Exploration drilling Bids assessed by NOPTA who provides advice to the Joint Authority who then awards a permit based on merit Appraisal drilling Oil Pollution Emergency Plan OBTAINING APPROVALS Safety case for the offshore facility (Occupational Health & Safety) drilling only Well operations management plan drilling only Environment plan ADMINISTERED BY NOPSEMA Successful bidder required to obtain relevant approvals from the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) Inspections Once relevant approvals are gained, exploration may begin COMPLIANCE Investigations Enforcement Consultation Submit consultation report and environment plan to NOPSEMA Regulatory decision Exploration activities subject to ongoing regulation by NOPSEMA, and community consultation is ongoing throughout the life of the activity YES NO If a discovery is made the titleholder may apply for a Retention Lease or Production Licence P 7

10 How does offshore drilling work? 100 to 300 kms offshore Helicopter Support Vessel Supply Boat Company Supply Base Local Business -1,000 to m Sea bed -2,000 to - 10,000m Reservoir Not to scale P 8 THE FACTS ABOUT OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

11 Offshore drilling in Australia 3,800+ offshore wells have been drilled in Australian waters. There are currently more than 400 petroleum titles in offshore Commonwealth waters including exploration permits, retention leases, production licences, pipeline licences and infrastructure licences The first Australian offshore exploration permit was granted in 1959 in Gippsland. $ $3.5 billion invested in offshore petroleum exploration in Australia in offshore regulatory submissions have been approved by NOPSEMA since its establishment on 1 January 2012 $200 BILLION CONTRIBUTED TO GDP Recent analysis of the economic impact of discovery of petroleum in the Bass Strait shows oil and gas production has contributed more than $200 billion to Australia s GDP in the past four decades. P 9

12 How is it regulated? Is offshore drilling safe? In 2010, the Commission of Inquiry into the 2009 Montara oil spill incident strongly recommended that a single, independent regulatory body be responsible for safety, well integrity, and environmental management. Australian regulations take account of lessons learnt from all significant incidents, worldwide. NOPSEMA superseded the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA), with the added responsibility of offshore environmental management. The combination of safety, well integrity, and environmental management under a single regulator standardises Australia s offshore petroleum regulation to a trustworthy, leading practice model. The South Australian Government has the ability to respond to any potential threats in State waters through its South Australian Marine Spill Contingency Action Plan (SAMSCAP). The regulatory framework for offshore oil and gas is objective-based and encourages continuous improvement rather than minimum compliance. P 10 THE FACTS ABOUT OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

13 VICTORIA NSW Who is NOPSEMA? NOPSEMA undertakes assessment, inspection, investigation, enforcement, and advisory activities. NOPSEMA requires offshore titleholders to demonstrate all impacts and risks are managed to levels that are acceptable and as low as reasonably practicable. The Regulations administered by NOPSEMA requires consultation with relevant persons by petroleum titleholders. NOPSEMA regulates Commonwealth waters, which comprise areas beyond the first three nautical miles of the territorial sea, and in State and Territory coastal waters where powers and functions have been conferred. South Australia plans to confer its regulatory powers and functions to NOPSEMA. SOUTH AUSTRALIA NORTH Flinders Island OFFSHORE LEGISLATION SOUTH AUSTRALIAN WATERS Spencer Gulf Gulf of St Vincent Sea boundary of scheduled area Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 (SA) Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 (SA) Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (Cth) Kangaroo Kangaroo Island Encounter Bay SOUTHERN OCEAN P 11

14 By embracing the world s leading practice to ensure that exploration can be safely conducted in the waters off our State, we can then set out on a pathway to discovery that can unlock the full potential of our offshore basins. Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy

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